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Weight reduction for rail tools

Thorsten Mersch | 6. July 2020

Drilling, grinding and welding tools are needed to carry out minor repairs to the track. If the employee is lucky, the place of work is right next to a railway crossing. If he is unlucky, he often has to carry all the tools and equipment with difficulty to the construction site. Therefore the manufacturers of […]


Spare parts for goods wagons

Thorsten Mersch | 8. June 2020

Goods wagons are often in service for 30 years or even 40 years. Getting spare parts at the beginning is no problem. But what do you do if the supplier removes this component from his product range or the whole company shuts its doors? This is no problem with standard parts such as screws, seals […]


igubal 2.0 – Metal-plastic rod ends are the new star in railway exteriors

Thorsten Mersch | 4. June 2020

In appointments with customers and during discussions at trade shows, our range of bearings with angle compensation is always well received. Lubrication-free and maintenance-free, in addition electrically insulating and vibration dampening. Ideal for solutions in the interior of trains such as seat adjustments. For applications in outdoor areas, the subject of tensile strain and compressive […]


igus polymer compounds in the EN45545 evaluation process

Thorsten Mersch | 24. April 2020

In order for an assembly or component to be allowed for use in a modern rail vehicle in Europe, the components must be tested and evaluated according to EN45545. This is a very time-consuming, bureaucratic process. The exposed surface, the weight of the component, and many other points must be considered for selection. So where […]


Plastics in passenger and engine driver seats

Thorsten Mersch | 3. April 2020

What do folding seats for metros, first-class seats on regional trains, and comfortable engine driver seats have in common? Upon first inspection, one might think it is only the obvious seat and back. But a more careful consideration reveals that each seat has polymer elements. Why polymer? Soft polymer dampens vibrations better and absorbs noise […]